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The Performance of Top R&D Investing Companies in the Stock Market

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Based on an original data set with information of a representative portfolio of among the largest 304 R&D investing companies over the 2003-2006 period, the overall analysis, except in a few cases, gives some robust evidence of a positive relationship between top R&D-investing companies and their performance in the stock markets as measured by the evolution of their market capitalisations' values. In terms of sectors, companies in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology and software & computer services sectors in the UK and the chemicals sector in Germany appear to outperform the respective sectoral stock market indexes in which they operate. On the other hand some other sectors, such as technology hardware and equipment one in France, show an underperforming behaviour. Empirical findings from the econometric analysis suggest a positive impact of the firm's R&D intensity on its market capitalisation performance. Besides some data limitations which call for further investigations, R&D investment can without uncertainty be acknowledged as representing an important strategic element for companies' economic and financial performance, but is not the only one. To name a few of them, framework conditions in the economy, marketing activities and the level of market power of companies are only other important factors that have an impact on companies' performances which are also reflected on their stock markets values.

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  • Michele Cincera & Raquel Ortega-Argilés & Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello, 2009. "The Performance of Top R&D Investing Companies in the Stock Market," JRC Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation 2009-14, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:wpaper:200914
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    1. Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello & Peter Voigt, 2010. "Proceedings of CONCORD 2010: 2nd European Conference on Corporate R&D "An Engine for Growth, a Challenge for European Policy". Academic Forum - Summary Report," JRC Working Papers JRC60863, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    2. Sandro Montresor & Antonio Vezzani, 2015. "On the R&D giants’ shoulders: do FDI help to stand on them?," Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Springer;Associazione Amici di Economia e Politica Industriale, vol. 42(1), pages 33-60, March.

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    Keywords

    top R&D firms; market capitalisation performance; R&D intensity; size of R&D investments;

    JEL classification:

    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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